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Fri Mar 29,2019 06:14 PM

Hi, any good tips on how to prepare and do well in the IOC?
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Sat Mar 30,2019 10:13 AM

write EVERYTHING on your paper, from your starting sentences to your concluding sentences, it’ll make your life SOOO much easier and you won’t stutter as much. And make sure you have a little structure written as well, which should have ur key idea, your starting and concluding sentences, the annotations you will use and your analysis and then anything else you need. good luck !! :)
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Sat Mar 30,2019 05:20 PM

@ibhurtsme thank you! This was really helpful!!
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Wed Apr 3,2019 10:44 AM

Practice is key! I did about 10 practice sessions where I just simulated the conditions of the IOC and followed the advice above (wrote literally everything down except the intro and conclusion which I memorised for both texts, this was the only reason I got full marks haha). Practice sessions are super important because you put the pressure on yourself that you’ll have in the IOC. I recommend speaking for the 10 minutes as well when you practice that way you have a maximum chance of getting a really good score!

Good luck!!!
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Thu Aug 1,2019 11:49 PM

Analyze all of your IOC passages at least twice. First you do it as you study the texts in class and then again on your own. TAKE ALL THE NOTES YOU CAN. Also, read through other analysis articles/literary criticism to help you out with context and history, which will deepen your analysis.

Other tips:
- Make sure you fully understand all of your texts and clarify if there’s something unclear.
- Start reviewing from your least favorite passages. It’s better to be ready for the worst case scenario than not.
- Practice talking! It seems a bit weird at first, but it’s important to do oral practice so that it feels fine on your actual exam. RECORD YOURSELF! It will be cringeworthy, but it will help you catch your errors and gaps in understanding.
- Make a full IOC outline for each of your texts and learn them. Write down everything you’d want to say on your IOC and study it! Trust me, if you do this the outlines are going to pop up automatically in your head once you get your passage.

-Try to take the maximum amount of time allowed so that you won’t have to answer too many questions that might throw you off.
-Hope for the best but expect the worst, think of the passage you want the most (you might as well get it!)
-Write your IOC notes clearly on your paper, in the order in which you will present your ideas. You will feel stressed, so the clearer your plan the easier it will be to follow through with it.

You got this, good luck! :)

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